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    How Do I Deal With Suspected Abuse?

    How Do I Deal With Suspected Abuse?
    As nurses, we have a duty to report all cases of suspected abuse. Your healthcare facility likely has a policy and procedure outlining the exact steps you should take. Consider this a refresher course, especially as sometimes these situations can catch us off guard and there may not be a more senior nurse or manual to consult. In general, you should: ...
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    Funny Nursing Superstitions

    Funny Nursing Superstitions
    “Superstition: An irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.” -from the American Heritage Dictionary With St. Patrick’s Day happening this month, I have been loving all the green and the so-called lucky four-leaf clovers floating around the hospital. I’m hoping all this “luck” will rub off on our floor: ...
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    How to Deal With a Racist Patient

    How to Deal With a Racist Patient
    Patients come in all shapes and flavors. Sometimes that flavor is ignorant. America is a layered, cosmopolitan country comprised of people of various faiths and ethnicities. Most Americans would agree this is a positive and enlightening thing, but there are a few bad apples out there. Sometimes a closed-minded or culturally illiterate patient is going to wind up in one of ...
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    4 Reasons to Be a Whistleblower

    4 Reasons to Be a Whistleblower
    As a nurse, one of the most unsettling things one can face is seeing a doctor do something incorrect, incompetent, or unethical. Luckily, the vast majority of doctors don't cause a problem in this area. They're well educated, conscientious, and completely trustworthy. But doctors are human, and there are situations when nurses see things from doctors that trigger the questions no ...
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    5 Ways to Anger Hiring Managers

    5 Ways to Anger Hiring Managers
    One of the worst things you can do during your job search is annoy the hiring manager at the company for which you want to work. Not only will it probably ruin your chances at landing the job at hand, but also you probably won’t be considered for future positions, either. 1. Being ungrateful when you don’t get the job It’s ...
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    Healthcare Stepping-Stone Jobs

    Healthcare Stepping-Stone Jobs
    You don't need a four-year college degree to qualify for some of the fastest-growing jobs in healthcare. Many occupations on healthcare employers' most-wanted lists require two or fewer years of education and can serve as springboards to higher positions. [widget:school_finder_widget__nursinglink] "There are a number of allied-health professions that have career ladders attached to them," says Debra Stock, the American Hospital Association's ...
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    7 Simple Ways to Get the Hiring Manager's Name

    7 Simple Ways to Get the Hiring Manager's Name
    How does one go about getting the name of someone in human resources or the name of a hiring manager? Job listings posted all over the place simply read: No phone calls and direct résumé to BD or some other letter combination at some post office box or no-reply e-mail address. Getting a name is like pulling a needle from a ...
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    6 Style Tips for Interview Success

    6 Style Tips for Interview Success
    In a tight job market, what you wear to an interview could be the difference between getting an offer and getting rejected. "By not really investing in your appearance, it can actually cost you the job," says New York City-based image consultant and personal stylist David A. McKnight. "Nine out of 10 employers say, when all else is equal, they select ...
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    How Flexible Should You Be When Accepting a Job?

    How Flexible Should You Be When Accepting a Job?
    In tough times, job seekers are often advised to be flexible about issues from commute length to salary to job title. But while it's true that you have to be realistic, some compromises may end up hurting you more than they help. "I don't believe that you just cave and take anything," said Mary Jeanne Vincent, a career coach in Monterey, ...
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    10 Ways to Make Sure You Stay Unemployed

    10 Ways to Make Sure You Stay Unemployed
    The following are 10 true stories. These have all happened to me or my colleagues over the years as hiring managers. I know the job search process can be hard to maneuver. Add the fact there’s a whole set of “new rules” you need to follow to get employers to even want to hire you and a job seeker can feel ...
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    How Many People Are Involved in Patient Care?

    How Many People Are Involved in Patient Care?
    My clinical experience has been very eye-opening. I feel like I have learned so much about how a hospital functions, and yet know I have so much more to learn. To be embraced and invited into the executive meetings and to see the processes that occur to make change withing the organization with patient care as the the bottom line has ...
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    Disaster Relief Nursing 101

    Disaster Relief Nursing 101
    We like to control our surroundings, whether it be at home or at work. We could argue that nurses can’t control their work environment because of the unknown patient or event that may lie right around the corner, but uncertainty and the unknown is nothing compared to a nurse working in a disaster zone. Disasters come in many forms, from those ...
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    4 Presentation Hints for a Good Job Interview

    4 Presentation Hints for a Good Job Interview
    As political candidates answer endless variations of the same questions in pursuit of elected office, we can't help but be reminded of our own often-torturous experiences on job interviews. If, like the candidates, we could review our performances on tape, what might we see? Watch and Listen to Yourself "Verbal fillers are the No. 1 problem," says Randy Bitting, cofounder of ...
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    When a Nurse Says, "I Don't Care"

    When a Nurse Says, "I Don't Care"
    I don’t care. Those aren’t the words you want to hear coming from the mouth of a nurse. Now true, nurses are human, and there are things that we don’t care about, but the phrase itself, while on the job, just sounds so… unprofessional. As nurses, we encounter so many challenges every day. Often times we have to wait on other ...
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    Charting Vs. Patient Care

    Charting Vs. Patient Care
    Teresa Brown, R.N. wrote an article, featured in The New York Times, recently called, Caring for the Chart of the Patient, in which she discusses the very real challenge we face as nurses to document our care. She speaks about the mandates, and standards that we are forced to document on in order to satisfy one agency, insurance company, regulation, or ...
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    What Other Nurses Really Think About You

    What Other Nurses Really Think About You
    I love 80% of the people with whom I work. Seriously. I think everyone tries to do a great job and everyone (myself included) has an off day where you just can’t get anything right. However, we all have the co-worker who drives us nuts for various reasons. Consider the following types: 1) The Spiritualist: This person is super nice. Super ...
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    10 Questions to Create Your Career Vision

    10 Questions to Create Your Career Vision
    Have the last few years been cruel or kind to you, professionally speaking? Even if your career didn't take a hit, the recent economic tumult may have you quaking in your boots over the future. "Your career is long," says career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman. "Some people work for 40, 50 or 60 years. Don't get stuck in the here and now ...
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    6 Things Male Nurses Should Know to Survive

    6 Things Male Nurses Should Know to Survive
    How does a man survive in a woman’s world? Here are some down-and-dirty survival tips that every ‘male nurse’ needs to know in order to survive in the wilderness of women. Learn the ways of the Venutians Men are truly from Mars, and yes Women are from Venus. We live on two different worlds, but we do occupy the same solar ...
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    6 Ways to Save for an Unexpected Job Loss

    6 Ways to Save for an Unexpected Job Loss
    Coinciding with the tightening job market is a gloomy statistic: Few American workers are saving for potential layoffs. According to an Adecco USA Workplace Insights survey, only one-quarter of workers claimed to be saving for unemployment, and 58 percent had no plans to put money aside for a job loss. You've probably heard that you should have at least six months ...
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    Washington Hospital Center Strike

    Washington Hospital Center Strike
    The nurses at Washington Hospital Center in northwest DC put their employer on notice and staged a walkout on March 4, 2011. National Nurses United, the union representing the hospital’s 1,650 registered nurses, said the one-day strike was a response to many key issues including patient safety issues, unsafe staffing conditions, and violations of federal labor laws resulting in the dismissal ...
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